08:26AM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 02/04/03
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Hello- this is such a simple and probably easy project to do but I have never done carpentry before. My dog chewed up the molding around a window. I want to replace the molding with new one but am not sure what tools or what steps I need to take. Are there special tools I need? I tried to pry the bottom piece off but the entire window frame was coming off. I would appreciate your advice.

New home owner

Mark Hammond

12:17PM | 04/23/03
Member Since: 05/09/01
246 lifetime posts
This could get involved but I need to know what parts exactly need to be replaced. Casings, stool cap (what you would call the sill), the apron or whatever. If you think that the whole thing needs replacement then let me know and I'll walk you through the process....MJH


04:08AM | 04/24/03
Member Since: 02/04/03
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Luckely it isn't any of these. It's just the trim around the window. I don't know to much about window parts but it is the last thing put around the window- 4 pieces of trim joined at each corner with mitre cuts. I only have to change one of the pieces. Same trim that is around our doors. Hope I am explaining myself ok.


10:56PM | 04/24/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
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It's most likely glued & nailed in from the sides as well (or down from the top)

Hit the finishing nails through the casing with a nail set. Then use a razor knife and score the mitres to break the glue seal.

Take the existing piece and with the razor knife again copy the 45's onto the new casing and cut it with a back saw. (Little trick... cut on a slight back angle to perpendicular)

Glue the joints and use at least a 1 1/2 finishing nail on the outside of the casing and a 1" on the inside into the window frame (jamb). To finish it up use tub & tile to fill any voids if it's paint grade.


10:58PM | 04/24/03
Member Since: 12/27/02
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..tub and tile is caulking in a tube rather then having to buy a caulking gun by the way.

Alter Eagle Construction & Design


02:40AM | 04/25/03
Member Since: 02/04/03
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Thank you so much! After reading your post it makes so much sense. You've made this much easier for me.


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